These were the three words that God spoke to me on my Discipleship Training School (DTS) over 7 years ago. At the time, they seemed like 3 things that couldn’t possibly fit together, but they actually served as an anchor for me as I made my way into full-time ministry. Thankfully, we serve a God whose plans are so much bigger and better than anything we could ever dream of.
When I arrived in Mazatlan for my DTS in 2012, I already knew that God was calling me to be a full-time missionary volunteering with Youth With A Mission (YWAM), but I had no idea what type of ministry I would be involved in. I quickly fell in love with the culture of Mexico, the ministries, and people in Mazatlan. It was easy to picture calling Mazatlan, Mexico my “home.”
As I wrapped up nursing school, I began to pray about what to do after graduation. When I finished DTS, I planned on doing 4 years of college and then immediately hopping on a plane and moving back to Mexico. But yet again, God told me “Not yet, keep trusting in my timing.”
He then led me to a pediatric hospital where I worked in the intensive care unit for two years. At the beginning, I was a little unsure how the ICU experience would transfer into the mission field, but I quickly realized that ICU nursing was about so much more than the technical skills. God used that season to teach me empathy and compassion as I walked with people through times of crisis and chaos. It was an incredibly challenging two years, but I wouldn’t change one bit of it.
During my last trip to Mazatlan in September of 2018 I felt something different. I began praying about a more clear timeline of when I would join YWAM Mazatlan staff.
Questions were running through my head, but I felt strongly that April 2019 was the right time to move. I received a clear confirmation from the Lord to finally transition into full-time ministry. I will never forget how it felt as I drove into Mazatlan and it began to sink in that for the first time, I didn’t have a return ticket home. This was my new home. What seemed like an impossible promise from the Lord had become a reality.
The Lord's timing is so sweet, He is always faithful to fulfill His promises, and His plans are infinitely better than mine. If you are in a season of preparation for what is to come, hold onto the words that God has spoken to you and never give up to see His promises fulfilled!
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